New York High School Senior Receives National Award for Entrepreneurial

Date: July 16, 2014
For Immediate Release

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New York High School Senior Receives National Award for Entrepreneurial Success
New York Teenager Awarded $15,000 Scholarship

WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 16, 2014 – The National Federation of Independent Business Young Entrepreneur Foundation awarded a high school senior with a $15,000 scholarship for her entrepreneurial endeavors.  At a ceremony in Washington, D.C., LeiLei Secor of Hagaman, N.Y. was awarded the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Ms. Secor owns and operates Designed By Lei where she specializes in custom designing and crafting handmade jewelry. Since 2012, LeiLei has been successfully selling and marketing her jewelry online while also balancing her academic responsibilities. She was awarded the $15,000 Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award to apply toward her tuition at The University of Virginia.

“I am so grateful for this experience and to be honored as the Young Entrepreneur of the Year,” said Secor. “Throughout this process I have realized how much work it takes to be a small business owner and it is wonderful to be recognized with all of the other finalists. NFIB has provided me with a once in a lifetime experience that I will never forget.”

“The Young Entrepreneur Foundation is honored to award Ms. Secor with the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award,” said Molly Young, Senior Manager of the Young Entrepreneur Foundation. “Her entrepreneurial accomplishments are impressive, creative, and she is successful in an extremely competitive market.  We are pleased to be able to be a part of her journey as a business owner, student and artist. NFIB is proud to congratulate and support LeiLei’s efforts in pursuing her entrepreneurial and educational dreams.”

NFIB’s Young Entrepreneur Foundation established its scholarship program to raise awareness among the nation’s youth about the critical role of private enterprise and entrepreneurship in growing America’s economy. The foundation selected the top five nominees and today’s winners from a nationwide applicant pool of more than 600 students. Award recipients will use the scholarships to attend the university, college, community college or career institute of their choice. Since 2003, YEF has awarded over 2,500 scholarships worth more than $2.5 million to graduating high school seniors.

To qualify for an NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award, students must be seniors in high school who own and/or operate their own small business. They are required to write an essay describing their entrepreneurial endeavors and future goals. NFIB members around the country interviewed the applicants for the Young Entrepreneur Awards.

**NOTE TO EDITORS: Photos of award recipients available upon request**

Kurt Summers, NFIB board member; LeiLei Secor; and NFIB president & CEO Dan Danner. (left to right)

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The NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization promoting the importance of small business and free enterprise to the nation’s youth. More information is available at The Foundation is associated with the National Federation of Independent Business; NFIB is the nation’s leading small business association, with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals. Founded in 1943 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, NFIB gives small and independent business owners a voice in shaping the public policy issues that affect their business. NFIB’s powerful network of grassroots activists sends their views directly to state and federal lawmakers through our unique member-only ballot, thus playing a critical role in supporting America’s free enterprise system.


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